How to Find and Use Audio Search Engines

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The following audio search tools will enable you to find specific audio files and audio content (though some will overlap and therefore be featured in both the audio search engines and video search engines sections). Use these tools to find sound effects, sound-based content (podcasts, interviews, speeches, interviews, and historical events), as well as books read aloud by a wide variety of authors, news, and streaming audio sites.

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Audio Search Engines

  • Yahoo Audio Search: Yahoo's Audio search is fantastic, in my personal opinion. You can search for music, interviews, speeches, newscasts, podcasts, sound effects, and more.
  • BlogDigger:a search engine for both audio and video content that is hosted at other sources.
  • SingingFish: Search for audio files in a variety of formats, including MP3's or by categories (news, sports, entertainment, etc.).
  • Lycos Multimedia Search: Click the radio button for "audio" and go to town. Includes a family friendly filter.
  • FindSounds:Searches the Web for sound effects (think screams, hoofbeats, etc.) or musical instrument samples. Make sure to check out the Types page to get a really good idea of what you can find.
  • Blinkx: Blinkx TV is basically a search engine that allows you to search for audio and video clips not only using keywords and phrases, but also content in the actual clips that you're looking for.
  • Loomia: Loomia is a relatively smallish audio and video search engine that focuses mostly on podcasts and videos.

Audio Search Directories

Specialized Audio-Specific Sites

  • The Quiet American: Take a one-minute vacation right at your desk with these sixty-second audio recordings from all over the world.

Streaming Audio Music Sites

Audio News

    Audio Books